I don’t know about you, but I seem to get a ton of emails that have “GoDaddy,” “Go-Daddy,” “Godaddy” or something very similar in the From field. The actual email addresses underlying the From field are not @godaddy.com, but the sender tries to make them appear to be from GoDaddy.
Here’s a screenshot of my Gmail spam folder that was cleared out with the exception of this spammy looking email:
Aside from the fact that Gmail marked the email as spam and that it says “Go-Daddy” rather than GoDaddy, there are other obvious traits that make it look like GoDaddy didn’t send this email. I won’t divulge all of them to avoid giving tips to the sender(s), but the main differentiator is that there is no GoDaddy logo or branding within the email. I believe every marketing email that is sent from GoDaddy has the company’s logo and branding within the email content.
Although the email content does not indicate that it is from GoDaddy, having the “from” field say GoDaddy shows me that the sender wants people to think the email is from GoDaddy.
One thing I noticed is that the domain name referenced in the email is one I recently won at auction. The domain name was pending delete, so it appears to be a brand new registration. Perhaps these emails are targeting owners of newly registered domain names.
I have no idea if there is any connection to the GoDaddy text message spam I recently wrote about, but the tactic seems similar to me. Whatever the case is, GoDaddy is almost certainly not sending these emails.